One person is recovering from minor injuries received in a two-car crash that took place yesterday afternoon on Highway 30 near Deer Island. Oregon State Police say that this happened at about 3:30 pm, when a pickup driven by Timothy Verney, 51, of Hillsboro drifted across the center line, as Boyd Martin, 55, of Scappoose was pulling out of a driveway. They say that Martin saw Verney’s truck, and he pulled onto the shoulder. It’s estimated that Martin was doing about 25 miles an hour when it was hit in the side, causing it to roll over, coming to rest on the railroad tracks. A utility pole was also damaged. Troopers say Verney was treated for a minor injury, while Martin was unhurt. Driver fatigue is suspected to be a factor in the collision. At this point, no citations have been reported.
Archive | February, 2014
The Spirit Lake Memorial Highway is open again this morning, after a landslide near Kid Valley closed the highway for about three hours last night. The Department of Transportation reports that the highway was completely closed at about 8:40 last night, when a slide came down into the highway near milepost 17. At least one car collided with the debris; Deputies say that a woman suffered some bruising when the car’s airbags deployed. They also reported that the highway was blocked by “car-sized boulders.” The woman was treated at the scene, while a WashDOT crew responded. They cleared the boulders and other debris, and re-opened the highway at about 11:30 pm.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports that twin 80 year-old brothers died in a garage mishap in Chehalis, where both men were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes as they worked on a car. The brothers were found Sunday by the wife of one of the victims. The two men had been working on the exhaust manifold of an antique car, apparently without adequate ventilation in the garage. The wife found the men unconscious, and she called 911. EMS responders found high levels of carbon monoxide in the garage when they arrived. One of the brothers was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died early yesterday morning. The other brother was pronounced dead at Centralia Providence Hospital. Sheriff Steve Mansfield says that this was a tragic accident, and shows the need to take precautions in these situations.
A Stevenson High School student is being charged with felony harassment after a Tweet led to a lockdown of the school yesterday morning. Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox says that the lockdown went up after Austin Raphael, 18, of North Bonneville allegedly tweeted “gunmen at school!!!” Cox didn’t say how they traced the Tweet to Raphael, nor did he say how long the lockdown was in place. Raphael is now being held in the Skamania County Jail.
It was a unanimous vote, but it’s pretty clear that there was no joy at last night’s Kelso School Board meeting, as they formally accepted the resignation of Superintendent Rob MacGregor, to be effective June 30th. MacGregor says that this was an extremely difficult decision; he also says that the people in and around Kelso Schools are the best you can find…macgregor…MacGregor says that he had no intention of doing a “three years and gone” thing, but his personal and family situation requires that he move closer to Seattle. He says that three years isn’t nearly enough time to accomplish all that he wanted to, but he also says that a lot of extremely driven people have done a lot of great work while he has been here. School Board President Bob Lucas says that they’re still trying to figure out what the next steps should be, seeing as they’re a bit behind the curve as far as the timing in finding and hiring a new Superintendent. Lucas says that they’ll be meeting with some consultants this week, to try and get a handle on the potential pool of candidates available, and will soon be making a decision on whether to appoint an interim Superintendent, or if they’ll pursue a permanent replacement. The issue will be discussed at the next Kelso School Board meeting.
In other action by the Kelso School Board, they accepted a $5,000 donation from Lowe’s, which will help to build a new school garden at Huntington Middle School. The complex is expected to cost a total of $8,700, with additional donations coming from the Huntington PTO, the Kelso Kiwanis and other groups. The district is also starting to explore the possibility of ending its Food Service Contract with Chartwell, in favor of taking over management of that program itself. Kelso has contracted for food service for about 20 years now, but Finance Director Scott Westlund says that the latest numbers show that the district could realize some substantial savings by resuming management of that service. Additional discussion is planned at the next School Board meeting.
At the Longview School Board meeting, discussions are opening up with the Family Health Center, to see if they should pursue a planning grant from Kaiser Permanente, looking into the possibility of establishing a school-based Health Center. The Board delayed action on the State Study and Survey until its next meeting, looking for additional documentation and feedback before adopting that survey. They also deferred discussions on a possible continuation of the Mandarin Chinese language program, deciding to wait until the end of the next school year, when the grant funding that supports the current program is set to expire.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for a third straight victory tonight when they take on the Nuggets in Denver, KLOG 5:05 pm…..The Seattle Mariners are playing an intra-squad game today as they get closer to the spring training opener on Thursday against the Padres. ESPN is reporting the New York Mets are interested in acquiring M’s infielder Nick Franklin. Franklin is the odd man out after the Seattle acquisition of Robinson Cano and Willie Bloomquist…..The LCC baseball team opens the season with a home DH against Clark on Saturday. The Devils will have a night of fun and bowling Thursday night at the Triangle Bowl and the public is invited to come out and meet the team…..David Hajek has been hired as the Washougal HS football coach for the third time.
The WIAA Regional basketball matchups have been released. Among the games, the Mark Morris boys take on Sehome Saturday 4 pm at W.F. West in Chehalis. The Mark Morris girls will play Renton in a 6 pm Friday game at Kent-Meridian HS…..The Portland Trail Blazers rallied from 18 down to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves. Damian Lillard led Portland with 32 points…..The Oregon Ducks beat the WSU Cougars 67-53 on Sunday…..The LCC teams came up with wins at Grays Harbor Saturday. Both LCC teams open the NWAACC tournament in Kennewick next Saturday night. The LCC men play Portland at 8 pm and the LCC women take on Chemeketa at 10 pm…..Fox Sports is reporting that the Seahawks are expected to release DE Red Bryant in a salary cap move.
Nichole D. McCaslin, 32, of Portland is being charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault, after she allegedly caused a fatal multi-car crash Friday night on Tennant Way, resulting in the death of Brett Dawdy, 47, of Longview. At about 6:40 Friday night, calls started coming into 911 about a car going the wrong way in the westbound lanes of Tennant Way. Less than a minute later, it was reported that a serious collision had taken place near Lakeside Industries. Officers arrived and found that four vehicles had been involved, with the driver of one of those vehicles dead at the scene. That person was eventually identified as Dawdy. His wife and daughter were also seriously injured in the collision. A third person in Dawdy’s car was less-seriously injured. McCaslin was also taken to St. John Medical Center, where she was treated, released, and then was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail. Initial reports indicate that McCaslin was intoxicated at the time of the collision. The State Patrol is assisting with the investigation, which had the westbound lanes of Tennant Way closed until about 1:30 Saturday morning.
The U. S. Army is reporting that a solider from Ethel was killed in a training exercise at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. They say that PFC James Groth was a member of a cannon crew, involved in a live-fire exercise with the 18th Fires Brigade of the 82nd Airborne. Full details have not yet been released, but they have said that there was some sort of a problem with an M-777 light, towed howitzer. Groth, 22, was killed in the incident, while seven other members of the crew were injured. Sergeant Jason Muzzy of Pecos, New Mexico and Specialist Scott Yeates of Sanford, Florida were hospitalized after the mishap, while five others were treated and released. The investigation into the incident is continuing.